Cities Skylines gains day-and-night cycles and new nighttime services in its upcoming expansion After Dark.

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The add-on launches 24th September for PC, Mac and Linux priced $14.99 (UK cost TBA).

Developer Colossal Order's popular city-building simulation also adds taxis, prisons, bike lanes, beachfront properties and more.

City citizens will go out less at night and roads will be quieter, meaning that you could choose to send service vehicles around then.

But crime will also increase, so police will have to be mobilised in greater numbers. A new nighttime budget will let you prioritise funds for nocturnal activities.

"Taking the cities from daytime to night is not as simple as one might think," lead designer Karoliina Korppoo explained in a new post on the game's official forum.

"While the change from day to night is visually stunning, there's much more going on under the hood. Each and every building in the game received a new texture layer to have the windows light up nicely.

"In addition there are new lighted signs, neon signs and other lights to make the city look interesting during the night. The sun rises and sets, painting the sky with bright colours, you can see the moon and stars move across the night sky."

Eurogamer's resident Cities: Skylines construction manager Chris Bratt discussed the new expansion with Korppoo at Gamescom earlier this month. Find out what he learned below:

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